Archive for July, 2010

Hungering for a DREAM: students protest at Senator Feinstein’s office

July 31, 2010
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At the high-traffic intersection of Sepulveda and Santa Monica Boulevards, a multicolored hodge-podge of tents and tarps line the sidewalk. Ten students from the Los Angeles and Orange County areas have chosen to make this spot of concrete their frontline of action. On July 30, national alien-rights activist group The Dream Is Coming held...
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Opponents of Arizona immigration law find little solace in court ruling

July 28, 2010
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Arizona’s hotly contested immigration law will go into effect tomorrow with some of its teeth missing. A federal judge has temporarily blocked parts of SB 1070 today – a win for the Obama administration, but a frustration for the supporters and ardent opponents of the law. An injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge...
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Legacy of human rights abuses spurs rally at Philippine consulate

July 27, 2010
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Several organizations held a rally in front of the Philippine consulate yesterday demanding the newly elected Philippine president shed, what they consider, the murderous policies of the previous administration. Demonstrators say the Philippine government, via its military, has been leading a campaign of terror against activists and journalists. In early July, the New York...
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‘Water Man’ provides oasis for downtown homeless

July 26, 2010
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On a typically hot July afternoon, Michael Hubman arrives at Gladys Park in his navy blue Volvo. He breaks out six gallon-sized jugs of water in a small crate and places it on a foldable cart. Before he can finish unpacking, many recognize him with a call: “Hey, water man!” Hubman can’t get the...
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Plight of elephants shadows circus

July 15, 2010
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Animal rights activists protested the first day of performances by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus yesterday, accusing the troupe of being cruel to its elephants. Demonstrators lined up outside the Staples Center on Figueroa Street and in front of its box office attempting to dissuade people from attending the circus. They...
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Government agencies raid Venice food club

July 10, 2010
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A shock wave was felt within a small community of raw foodists recently when their food club in Venice was raided by an armed sundry of governmental organizations. Agents served warrants and confiscated unpasteurized dairy products. The raid took place on the morning of June 30 when volunteers of Rawesome Food Club were met by...
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Verdict over Oscar Grant’s murder gives community a mix of emotions

July 9, 2010
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Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who shot Oscar Grant in the back while pinned to the ground, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday. The verdict has left many, in a community soured by experiences of police misconduct, feeling that justice was not fully served. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, demonstrators in...
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Protesters raise their voice over Netanyahu’s White House visit

July 6, 2010
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s arrival at the White House today was protested by several organizations sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians. Protesters assembled in front of the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard, an event that was coordinated with several others across the country. Netanyahu met with Obama to smooth out U.S.-Israeli relations that...
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Revolution can be a picnic

July 4, 2010
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A banner of the Revolutionary Communist Party’s newspaper, Revolution, hangs in Echo Park, Los Angeles the site of the party’s 2010 Anti-Fourth of July picnic. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

While most Los Angeles residents celebrated the Fourth of July by throwing parties, attending fireworks displays and expressing their national pride via red-white-and-blue accoutrement, another group had a different theme: revolution. The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) hosted an “Anti-Fourth of July Picnic” in Echo Park today. It was one of many held around the...
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Bus Riders Union gives mayor early morning wake-up call

July 1, 2010
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A member of the Bus Riders Union chants into a megaphone in front of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s home to demand an end to bus fare hikes. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s neighborhood got a rude awakening at 6 a.m. today when protesters armed with drums and vuvuzelas attempted to get the mayor’s attention. The early morning quiet was shattered as members of the Bus Riders Union (BRU) and other organizations shouted in unison: “Good morning, Mayor! This is your wake-up call!” Drumming,...
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